Grants and Research Funding

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Applications are invited for up to two Pirie-Reid Scholarships, tenable at the University of Oxford, from graduates (including persons expecting to graduate in 2001) who intend in October 2001 to commence working for a degree or diploma.

Preference will be given to candidates applying from other universities (i.e. not already matriculated at Oxford), and to those domiciled or educated in Scotland. Candidates not fulfilling these criteria are unlikely to be successful.

The scholarships, which are to be awarded to persons wishing to begin a course of study in Oxford who would otherwise be prevented by lack of funds, will cover university and college fees and provide a grant for maintenance, subject to assessment of other sources of income (maintenance grants for 2000--1 are £6,800 for postgraduate students). They will be renewable from year to year, subject to satisfactory progress and continuance of approved full-time study.

Candidates for the Pirie-Reid Scholarships are expected to have applied for admission to the University in the usual way.

Application forms may be obtained from Mrs J. Brown, Life and Environmental Sciences Divisional Office, 2 South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3UB (telephone: Oxford (2)82464, e-mail:

The closing date for applications is 1 May 2001.

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Research Fellowships in Science or Engineering 2001

This scheme is intended to give young scientists or engineers of exceptional promise the opportunity to conduct research for a further period of two years. Approximately six awards are made annually.

The fellowships are open to candidates in any of the physical or biological sciences, mathematics, applied science, or any branch of engineering. Candidates in mathematics (including applied mathematics) and the pure sciences who wish to transfer into engineering or a branch of applied science are particularly encouraged to apply. Applicants in science subjects must have a doctoral degree, or be in the final stages of their doctoral studies which must be successfully completed before the provisional award of a fellowship will be confirmed. Candidates offering engineering must be of at least postgraduate standing.

Applicants must be British citizens or citizens of the British Commonwealth or of the Republics of Ireland or Pakistan. They should preferably be less than thirty years old on 1 March 2001.

Candidates must be recommended by professors or heads of departments of HEIs in the UK. The fellowship stipend will be £18,000 for the first year, and £19,000 for the second year. Stipends are reviewed annually.

Fellowships may be held at any institution at home or abroad approved by the Commissioners; they express a strong preference for candidates who wish to work at a university or institutions other than the one at which they had completed their studies. A conversion fellowship for mathematicians and pure scientists should preferably be held at an institution other than a university.

Further details and application forms may be obtained from Miss J. Noon, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD (e-mail:

Applications must be sent to the Royal Commission by 2 March 2001. Appointments will be made in June 2001. Any queries on the scheme should be addressed directly to the Commission, at the Sherfield Building, Imperial College, London SW7 2AZ (telephone: 020-7594 8790, e-mail:

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